Five Black Lives Matter protesters shot in Minneapolis; police searching for …

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5 Black Lives Matter protesters shot in Minneapolis.

The fatal shooting of a black man by a Minneapolis police officer has prompted more than a week of protests and led to calls for answers as state and federal investigators piece together what happened. The protesters have been staging nightly protests outside Minneapolis’s Fourth Precinct, after two police officers shot and killed a Minneapolis man named Jamar Clark on November 15.According to a statement posted to the group’s Facebook page, the men, whom they call “white supremacists,” opened fire after they were asked to leave and were then escorted away from the encampment. “Rumors about the nature of the shootings — and the shooters — spread quickly through the encampment.

Federal authorities are still investigating whether the man, Jamar Clark, who died from his injuries on Nov. 16, was handcuffed at the time of the shooting. Twitter feeds, using the hashtags #Justice4Jamar and #FourthPrecinctShutdown that they’d been using all week, lit up the Internet with theories of the shooters’ identities and police involvement. ” ‘I don’t want to perpetuate rumor,’ U.S. Here’s a look at where the investigation stands: Authorities have said their initial investigation shows Clark was a suspect in an assault and was disrupting paramedics who were trying to help the victim. About 50 people were outside the building on Tuesday morning, with more trickling in, and some said they planned to stay despite a request from Clark’s family to end the protests.

Henry Habu, who said he has been working security for protesters, said he and others approached four people who were standing under a “Justice4Jamar” sign to ask what they were doing there. He described all four — three men and one woman — as white, with three wearing masks that left their eyes exposed. “We’re here for Jamar,” one said, according to Habu. Police tweeted early Tuesday that officers are searching for three white male suspects in the shooting that occurred shortly before 11 p.m. about a block from the 4th Precinct. The federal government is also getting involved: Department of Justice lawyers flew into Minneapolis on Sunday to look into Clark’s death, according to the Associated Press, after the mayor requested a federal civil rights investigation.

Clark is one of hundreds of African Americans who have been killed by police in 2015. (The federal government doesn’t keep official statistics, but one independent database maintained by the Guardian says that 1,024 people have been killed by police this year.) And additional black Americans have been killed in police custody. Oluchi Omeoga witnessed the shooting and said a handful of protesters followed three men wearing masks to a street corner, where the men pulled out weapons and gunshots rang out. In response to police killings like these, the Black Lives Matter movement has become a national force to call attention to killings of young African Americans — especially at the hands of police — and to call for accountability for their killers.

Clark’s family thanked protesters for “the incredible support” in a statement released early Tuesday, attributed to his brother Eddie Sutton and issued through U.S. Keith Ellison, whose district includes Minneapolis, Eddie Sutton says his family appreciates the support protesters have shown since the death of his brother, Jamar Clark.

The BCA has said it also has video from a mobile police camera, public housing cameras and citizens’ cellphones, but that none of it shows the event in its entirety. Noor’s categorization. “I am obviously appalled that white supremacists would open fire on nonviolent, peaceful protesters,” she told the Star Tribune. Community members have said they won’t leave the police precinct that’s near the shooting site on Minneapolis’ north side until authorities meet their demands, which include the release of video. Though five victims were taken by emergency personnel to local hospitals, there may have been more injured in the attack, “as some shooting victims found their own way to a hospital,” reported USA Today. While protests have often been spurred by a single incident —like Clark’s death — protesters tend to believe that deaths like Clark’s indicate deeper problems within police departments and other institutions with valuing black life.

Minneapolis Police Department spokesman John Elder said officers responded to the Monday night shooting and that dozens of officers assisted victims and secure the scene. Contrary to the beliefs of critics, however, there’s no evidence that increased scrutiny of police has resulted in increased anti-police violence or an uptick in violent crime.

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